MEXICO Papal Visit Medal 1999


MEXICO, medal, 1999, Franklin mint, Obverse: long bust 3/4 L, hand raised, Virgin behind to L, IV VISITA DE S.S. JUAN PABLO II A MEXICO 22 – 26 ENERO 1999, Reverse: giant Jesus, crowd of various Latinx people below, CRISTO ESPERANZA DE AMERICA over his midsection, SINODO SE OBISPOS PARA AMERICA above, bronze, 47mm, Proof

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This medal was struck by the Franklin Mint in USA.

There are two kinds of things that are called “medals.” One is things that look like coins but don’t express a value. Sometimes those medals are considerably larger than most coins. The other kind of medal is a metal thing designed to be displayed on one’s chest often a reward for something often in a military context. If the medal is small enough it is sometimes called a “medallet.”

The word “exonumia” is used to describe all kinds of things that are “like” coins but are not coins. I wrote a blog post on that subject. Basic categories: 1. used like a coin but not issued by a national government 2. looks like a coin but not made for spending 3. other things that we are interested in.